1965 National League Debuts

Willie Mays played his first Major League game on May 25, 1951, and went 0-for-5 at the plate. He started his career 1-for-25 and told his manager, "I can't do it, Mr. Leo. You better bench me."

Casey Stengel played his first Major League game on July 27, 1912, and went 4-for-4 at the plate. He commented later in his life, "I broke in with four hits and the writers promptly decided they had seen the new Ty Cobb. It took me only a few days to correct that impression."

Both Mays and Stengel would continue their Major League careers down separate paths of greatness, but each still had to appear in that memorable first Major League game. Baseball Almanac is pleased to present what Cubs broadcaster Steve Stone once described as, "His first Major League debut."

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"There is no Major League record held by a rookie. It's revealing to see just how far the rookie marks are below the single season marks. This is a testament to how difficult the game is to learn and play." - Luke Salisbury in The Answer is Baseball (1989)

1965 National League Debuts

1965 N.L. Rookies | 1965 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

18
04-12-1965
24
29
09-09-1965
22
42
09-11-1965
23
30
09-04-1965
19
25
05-30-1965
25
7, 28, 41
04-12-1965
27
23
09-09-1965
19
56
07-24-1965
25
23
09-01-1965
22
54
09-02-1965
22
12
04-17-1965
23
46
10-02-1965
22
22
09-15-1965
24
34
09-11-1965
19
27
05-15-1965
19
21
09-16-1965
20
41
09-28-1965
24
42
09-28-1965
21
37
06-09-1965
20
5
04-12-1965
23
31
06-30-1965
31
17
06-06-1965
24
41, 42
04-12-1965
18
10
09-01-1965
19
29
09-01-1965
20
10
09-03-1965
19
3
09-02-1965
21
45
04-18-1965
20
34, 36
07-09-1965
21
16, 48
04-14-1965
23
45
09-02-1965
21
14
04-12-1965
20
29
09-03-1965
22
46
09-10-1965
21
24
09-02-1965
24
64, 31
04-18-1965
24
20
05-25-1965
26
27
09-10-1965
22
23
09-15-1965
28
31
09-07-1965
22
1
09-17-1965
24
48
09-10-1965
21
26
08-18-1965
21
32
06-03-1965
25
23
04-23-1965
18
10
04-20-1965
20
35
09-06-1965
24
34
04-19-1965
21
32
04-12-1965
20
29
06-18-1965
23
39
09-17-1965
21
30
09-05-1965
25
17
09-03-1965
19
1965 National League Debuts
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Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 1965 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

Rich Amaral spent nine seasons in the Minor Leagues and upon his callup he commented, "I've been to every baseball park in America, except those in the American and National League."

On the final day of the 1930 season, Dizzy Dean was called up and pitched a three-hitter. In Spring Training the following year, Dean had a fight with catcher Gabby Street and the franchise left him in the Minor Leagues all season long.

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